Rider killed at Isle of Man TT

2013-05-28 09:35
Yoshinari Matsushita (File)
London - Organisers of the Isle of Man TT Races say Japanese rider Yoshinari Matsushita was killed during practice on Monday on the road course.

The British-based Auto Cycle Union issued a statement on the race website to confirm the 43-year-old Matsushita was killed in an accident at Ballacrye in the north of the island. The practice session was immediately stopped.

The ACU said Matsushita was an experienced rider from Saitama, Japan, who won the 2008 Motegi Endurance race and first competed at the TT Races in 2009.

"Yoshi was a really popular competitor who had a large number of friends in the TT Races paddock," ACU course spokesperson Gary Thompson said.

"He was a genuine and friendly character who always had time for everyone. He will be sorely missed."

A coronial investigation is underway.

Fatalities are common in the Isle of Man races, which are held on more than 60km of public roads around the island in the Irish Sea.

British MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow tweeted: "Sad news from TT tonight. Thoughts are with Yoshinari family and all involved." 

TT deaths this century

Stephen Wood - May 29, 2000, Whitegates
Chris Ascott - May 30, 2000, Westwood Corner
Raymond Hanna - May 31, 2000, Greeba Castle
Les Williams - June 9, 2000, Ballaugh
Colin Daniels - May 27, 2002, Bray Hill
David Jefferies - May 29, 2003, Crosby
Serge Le Moal - May 29, 2004, Braddan Bridge
Paul Cowley - June 2, 2004, Black Dub
Colin Breeze - June 5, 2004, Quarry Bends
Joakim Karlsson - May 30, 2005, Douglas Road Corner
Lee Harah June 4, 2005, Parliament Square
Gus Scott - June 10, 2005, Rhencullen
Jun Maeda - May 29, 2006, Ballahutchin Hill
Marc Ramsbotham - June 8, 2007, 26th Milestone
John Crellin - June 12, 2009, Mountain Mile
Paul Dobbs - June 10, 2010, Ballagarey
Martin Loicht - June 10, 2010, Quarry Bends
Bill Currie - May 31, 2011, Ballacrye
Kevin Morgan - May 31, 2011, Ballacrye
Derek Brien - June 6, 2011, Gorse Lea
Yoshinari Matsushita - May 27, 2013, Ballacrye

Read more on:    motorsport

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Hypothetically, given the same cars to drive, who is the most talented current Formula One driver in your opinion?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.